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The fools of the legends of the Billellera fountain in Sorso, Sardinia
Sun, 09 Jul 2017

The fools of the legends of the Billellera fountain in Sorso, Sardinia

No wonder if in Sardinia, the harsh, beautiful country and outside the continent things happen out of the ordinary, but it would never be thought that the society of a Sardinian village tried to "move a fountain" by force !!

Don't you believe it? It's all true ... or is it just a legend?

The village of Sorso, that we've recently talked about it, thanks to the story of the bride that was left alone on the altar and she still celebrated, seems to be home of crazy people. Maybe that's because of the fountain of the Billellera, the fountain that makes people crazy?

In Sardinia they say "Sossù, Calangianus and Lodè are all three puppies" ... that is, Sorso, Calangianus and Lodè are all three crazy... so crazy stuff!

Well, today, we talk about madness, how we like it in our Sunday's curiosity column, fantastic things, absurd, epic happenings, a bit like surviving Asterix's house that makes people crazy in his twelve tasks (a masterpiece by Goscinny and those who did not watched it feel in punishment).
Who would not want to drink from the fountain that makes crazy?

But above all, who would not want to have the strength to bring in a beautiful fountain in its own village?
Envy, isn't it?

The Billellera fountain

The myth brings us back to Sorso, whose populace, proud of its own fountain, called Billellera, built in the 17th century by Baron Deliperi but envious of the beauty of Rosello's fountain in Sassari and "stoned" by the effects of their own due to the presence of the plant "Helleborus lividus" (Elleboro, which was used to cure madness or epilepsy but was poisonous so was believed to make people crazy), tried to "bring in their village" the Sassari fountain with ropes made of palm extracts, practically elastic.

Buffy, the more you pull, and the more you seem to be pulling but the more you move away and the more what you're pulling is where you left it.
How exhausting!

In a parallel story the Sorsesi people defend themselves in the legend by saying that the Sassaresi were MACCHI (crazy) defending their own fountain by binding it with ropes also made of the palm elastic material... so whoever pulls it wins it?

As Obelix would say "These Sardi are crazy", but this is not surprising... in fact, this diatribe between madness and beauty of fountains has pervaded Sardinia for years. On one side the Sorsesi who accept with self-irony the jokes of the rest of the island and on the other those who tell they are crazy for drinking from the fountain that makes... well, crazy.

Steve Jobs said "Stay hungry, stay foolish"... but here we are thirsty.

"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring" perhaps it is better to approach this quote by Marilyn Monroe and join the Sorsesi.

Better crazy than normal.

But would you do a tug-of-war to bring a fountain home?

By Redazione

Events

  • Madonna of Lourdes
    11-02-2019 | Sorso (SS)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-02-11 2019-02-11 Europe/Rome Madonna of Lourdes Sorso

    Village of Sorso

  • Holy Week
    From 14-04-2019 To 22-04-2019 | Sorso (SS)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-04-14 2019-04-22 Europe/Rome Holy Week Celebrations. From the evening of Palm Sunday begins Holy Week with the procession of the Mysteries, you continue on the thursdayì with the Missa in Coena Domini and the ritual of the washing of the feet of Jesus to the apostles, then on the morning of Fridayì the procession that evokes the search for Jesus by the Madonna accompanied by the Pious Women he touches all the churches in the country via Santa Croce where Christ is brought to the parish of San Pantaleo for the Crucifixion (s'Incravamentu). The evening unwinds the rite of the deposition of Jesus (s the ischravamentu) with the procession through the streets of the country which bears the dead Christ up to the church of Santa Croce where occurs the burial. On the occasion of these rites the "Singers of the Archconfraternity" perform traditional songs of the Stabat Mater and the Miserere"". The celebrations end on the morning of Easter with the ceremony de "S'Incontru" between Jesus that exits from Santa Croce and the Madonna that instead part from the Sanctuary of the Virgin Noli Me Tollere to meet precisely with the Son in the central piazza S.Agostino and continue in solemn procession to the Easter Mass celebrated in the parish. Sorso

    Celebrations. From the evening of Palm Sunday begins Holy Week with the procession of the Mysteries, you continue on the thursdayì with the Missa in Coena Domini and the ritual of the washing of the feet...

    Village of Sorso

  • Santa Rita da Cascia
    22-05-2019 | Sorso (SS)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-05-22 2019-05-22 Europe/Rome Santa Rita da Cascia Sorso

    Village of Sorso

  • Blessed Virgin of Noli Me Tollere
    26-05-2019 | Sorso (SS)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-05-26 2019-05-26 Europe/Rome Blessed Virgin of Noli Me Tollere The feast celebrates the miraculous statue that, according to the popular tradition, disappeared from a church in which had been placed to the center of the city only to reappear in the place where now stands the chapel dedicated to the Virgin. Under the feet of the statue, when he was found in a marble stone was written “Noli Me Tollere” (i do not move). In 2008 it appealed the eighth centenary of the Apparition. Sorso

    The feast celebrates the miraculous statue that, according to the popular tradition, disappeared from a church in which had been placed to the center of the city only to reappear in the place where now...

    Village of Sorso

  • Sant'Antonio from Padova
    13-06-2019 | Sorso (SS)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-06-13 2019-06-13 Europe/Rome Sant'Antonio from Padova Sorso

    Village of Sorso

  • San Costantino
    07-07-2019 | Sorso (SS)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-07-07 2019-07-07 Europe/Rome San Costantino Is carried out the traditional Ardia around the church of the Virgin of Itria Sorso

    Is carried out the traditional Ardia around the church of the Virgin of Itria

    Village of Sorso

  • Eggplant Festival
    26-07-2019 | Sorso (SS)
    Feasts

    Add to calendar 2019-07-26 2019-07-26 Europe/Rome Eggplant Festival Sorso

    Village of Sorso


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